Cycling.... week 2

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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-06-20 15:52

Hi guys

I'm getting rather impatient.

My tank is into it's second week of running, and it's sky-high with ammonia - but still no signs of nitrite. I've got another tank which is well established, and have been squeezing the living daylights out of the filter sponges from my established filter onto the sponges of my new tank filter, but STILL nothing! Am i missing something here?

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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-06-20 17:11

Try using "Cycle", or "Stress Zyme", or any of those cycling products. I use cycle and my tanks r always ready in a week. i know its not usually good 2 use chemicals, but cycle dusnt effect anything but the cycling in my experience. or u could try instant cycling but i don't know how to do this so just google it :tup:
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-06-20 19:33

I can't say much for the use of those products...

But as for the more conventional methods of cycling, it would be more effective if you added part of the sponge from one of the old tanks into the new tank just before the new sponge so that the bacteria spread like that :tup:
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-06-20 19:58

KittyKat wrote: I can't say much for the use of those products...

But as for the more conventional methods of cycling, it would be more effective if you added part of the sponge from one of the old tanks into the new tank just before the new sponge so that the bacteria spread like that :tup:

i usually don't use chemicals anymore, but im just sayin' the stuff i use for cycling doesn't cause fluctuations in pH or anything. It also reduces fish loss when adding new fish or if u use some of it weekly.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-06-21 08:33

Don't worry, it can take some time. How're you feeding the bacteria? I mean, are you adding foods or chems for them to consume?
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-06-21 21:02

<a href='http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html' target='_blank'>http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html</a>
This may help some
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-06-21 21:49

Hi everyone - sorry it's taken so long to reply!

Right - i did a water change on my old tank today, and have replaced one of the old filter pads with a new one, so that I could put the old one on top of the new pad in the new tank (hope that makes sense!!)

I've had the tank up and running for 2 weeks now. I read about the "prawn method" of cycling, which i did - and it worked.... i've got TONS of ammonia in the tank.... just waiting for the nitrite to appear.

In answer to Indigo Blue's question - i've shoved a load of fish food (brine shrimp and daphnia) in there, as well as tons of prawn water (including the now completely broken down prawns). As i'm sure you'll appreciate, it stank for a week... the smell is just about going! I've also used "Cycle" which I added 2 days ago.

I think it's just a matter of time.... i'm being very impatient! Having a 47 uk gallon brand new tank in your living room with nothing in it is torture, as i'm sure you can all appreciate!! The wait goes on....
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-06-22 08:28

*is laughing* Well, you're doing everything right. Glad to hear you like my bottled-prawn method.

Just a thought for you - have you got a carbon pad in the filter? If so, remove it. I'm not really sure, but I attribute one tank taking ridiculously long to me having forgotten to take it out.
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-06-22 09:12

Good thinking.... i'll remove them now.

I'm off work today, and it's pay day, so i'm heading down to the lfs with my sister to start getting some rocks (couldn't afford them last month after buying the tank!!) I'll take some pics soon.

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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-06-22 14:38

Wahoo.... just done a test and guess what??!! Nitrite = 0.25! I know it's only 0.25, but at least there's SOME there!

Took some pics too

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Postby sharkdude » 2007-06-22 16:21

what a tank :o
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as for cycling use this time to think about what your gona put in in.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-06-22 20:26

That's very pretty! *chuckles* Was the reading a couple of hours after taking the carbons out?
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-06-28 00:27

Kewl tank, I like the spider web thingy on the back :)
Put some fish in there, and I'll have to nominate it for TOTM.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-06-28 11:04

You can nominate it even if it hasn't got fish in. We also allow vivaria.
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Postby caggimedicine » 2007-06-29 12:23

Cheers guys! The "web thing" is a sea fan.... i've never seen them before until recently when I saw my lfs selling them and had to get some! There's 2 in there - 1 big and 1 small and they only cost me ?15 altogether, and they make a brilliant background!

Would love to be TOTM.... but obviously can't put any fish in there just yet which is driving me insane! I think at this moment in time my tank is at it's peak of "deathness" with regards to water parameters - tons of nitrite, tons of ammonia! Nothing could possibly survive!!! Things are progressing though, so hopefully it won't be too much longer!

My sister's had a few probs with her tank. It finally finished its cycle just over a week ago, and she went to the lfs and got 6 small guppies, put them in.... WHAM - ammonia back up. So the guppies had to come and stay with me - the ammonia has now gone again in her tank and things are all back to normal so she's adding a fish every other day at the moment and it seems to be coping. It's all good fun!

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